At a glance
- Work with qualified social workers and gain a deeper understanding of social issues prevalent in a developing country like Ghana.
- You’ll work in a shelter for abused children, a correctional centre, and local schools.
- Observe how these centres are run, focusing on assisting the local staff in giving the children the support they need.
Completely flexible datesSee Dates
Anyone aged 16 or over can join
You should be studying social work or a related subject.
Is a Social Work internship in Ghana right for me?
Are you a social work student looking to gain practical experience and learn from qualified professionals? Are you eager to help those in need and travel to Africa? If so, this internship is ideal for you! It will help you fulfill practical degree components, and add value to your CV.
You will gain hands-on work experience by working alongside local staff at different placements. In addition, the experience will give you a deeper understanding of the social challenges people struggle with in West Africa.
You need to have completed two years of social work studies or related subjects in order to do this internship. This project is available all year round, and you can join at any time from a minimum of three weeks. We do recommend that you stay as long as you can, to learn more and have a bigger impact.
Your work will focus on the following areas:
Gain social work experience working alongside professionals
You will spend most of your time shadowing and assisting your supervisor and qualified local staff. This will provide you with the opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt through your studies to real world situations and cases. The experience will give you a deeper insight into the particular social issues that affect people in a developing country in West Africa.
Provide children with the support that they need
As an intern, you’ll support the work that local social workers do with children. This may include interacting with victims of abuse, and assessing their conditions and needs. If you choose to stay longer than three weeks, you may also get the opportunity to provide one-on-one counselling to victims and facilitate group sessions under supervision.
Share your knowledge and skills
Knowledge and skill sharing forms a big part of this internship. While you’ll be learning from supervisors, you will also be able to share your own knowledge. You’ll work on improving counselling and therapy methods by providing seminars and workshops for local staff. This means that you will need to spend time planning and preparing these presentations. You will also need to review the routines present in your placements and suggest any alternative improvements.
Research social issues alongside a local social worker
Under the guidance of your supervisor, you’ll need to use your knowledge of social work to research social issues and common abuses in Ghana. Then you’ll work together to try and come up with culturally relevant solutions that could help solve these problems. Throughout your time in Ghana, you’ll also need to focus on raising awareness of the prevalent social issues in local communities.
Assess the needs of local centres
As many of the placements in Ghana are under-resourced, you’ll also assess the needs of the rehabilitation centres where you’ll be working. This will help with the development of long-term childcare plans and healthy practices for these institutions.
Where in Ghana will I be working?
You will work in a shelter for abused children, a correctional centre, and in local schools in Accra. These placements are under-resourced, so there is a significant need for helping hands.
Ghana is renowned for its warmth, friendliness, and hospitality. The capital city of Ghana, Accra is the country’s biggest city and is vibrant, busy and hot. As the administrative and economic centre of Ghana, the city centre of Accra is one of the most wealthy and modern areas on the continent. This contrasts hugely with the more disadvantaged areas surrounding the Central Business District.
What will a typical day as a Social Work intern in Ghana look like?
Most days will begin with breakfast with your host family. Once you are ready for the day, you will head to your placement using public transport. On your first day, a Projects Abroad staff member will be there to show you the way and introduce you to everyone.
Typically, you will work from 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and from 8am to 12pm on a Friday. You will also have a lunch break each day where you can enjoy a packed lunch or return home to your host family.
Each day will differ depending on where you are based and what the needs of the children are. In general, you will work with your supervisor and local staff to counsel abused and/or neglected children and give them the support they need. You will also spend time researching social issues in Ghana and coming up with solutions. You’ll also work on assessing the centres where you are placed, identifying their needs and suggesting improvements.
You will have evenings and weekends free to explore Accra, get to know your host family and spend time with your fellow interns and other volunteers. Enjoy Ghanaian food at local restaurants, visit local sights and attractions, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax at your host home.
What are the aims and impact of this project?
The aim of this project is to help local children who are victims of abuse or social circumstances and provide you with practical work experience.
Social issues such as domestic violence and child abuse are widespread in Ghana. A lack of resources and education means that there isn’t much social support or rehabilitative programmes available for children affected by it. The centres we work with are also under-resourced, so it is very difficult for local staff to give all of the children enough support.
We aim to provide these centres with extra support. In addition, we also work to raise awareness of the social issues in communities. We also aim to provide our interns with practical experience that will help fulfil your university requirements, and add relevant work experience to your CV.
Join us in Ghana and gain practical social work experience while helping children who need extra care and support.
Volunteering for professionals
This project is also perfect for qualified professionals. With your skills backing up our ongoing efforts, we can make an even bigger difference together. We'll match you to the placement where your skills are needed most.
This means you can share your training and and knowledge with others. You can work hand-in-hand with our partner organisations and local communities to support sustainable development.
If you have relevant skills or qualifications, read more about how you can make use of them with Projects Abroad.
Measuring our impact
Our projects work towards clear long-term goals, with specific annual objectives. Every volunteer and intern we send to these projects helps us work towards these goals, no matter how long they spend on our projects.
Every year we take a step back and look at how much progress we've made towards these goals. We put together a Global Impact Report, which documents our achievements. Find out more about the impact our global community of volunteers, interns and staff make, and read the latest report.
Leisure activities and free time
Volunteering in Ghana is an ideal way to explore this colourful West African country. There’s a huge variety of different activities to do while you’re there, giving you plenty of exciting ways to spend your free time.
Music is a central part of Ghanaian culture. In the bigger towns, especially Accra, you will hear some great live bands and have some memorable nights out. Evenings spent at buzzing restaurants will also give you a taste of some of the delicious local cuisine.
For a look into Ghana’s history, you can tour the slave forts of Cape Coast and visit museums. Nature lovers will relish trekking through the rainforests of Kakum National Park or Mole National Park.
We run a wide range of projects in Ghana so there’s sure to be other volunteers there during your trip. This means you can explore the country solo or connect with other volunteers and travel as a group.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
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